Chelsea today confirmed they had completed the protracted signing of Gary Cahill from Bolton. The England defender, 26, became manager Andre Villas-Boas’ first January recruit. Cahill’s capture, believed to be around £7m, followed a fortnight of wrangling over the player’s personal terms.
The parties reportedly settled on wages of £80,000-per-week on Friday, £20,000 less than Cahill was said to be demanding. The player then travelled to London to undergo a medical and watched his new club’s 1-0 Premier League win over Sunderland on Saturday.
Inter Milan have renewed their bid to sign Carlos Tevez but their initial inquiry is likely to fail.
After AC Milan pulled out of the running to sign Manchester City’s controversial 27-year-old striker last week, Inter president Massimo Moratti has been in touch with the Blues to confirm they would be willing to pay 25million euros for Tevez.
The mainstream European season is only at the midway point but already Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo is chasing down the early-term leaders in the ESM (European Sports Media) Golden Shoe rankings.
The Real Madrid star, who managed to beat Leo Messi for at least this particular prize last term, did not register a goal at the weekend in Madrid’s 2-1 comeback win at Malaga. But as long as Madrid keep on winning in La Liga he is virtually guaranteed to take this classic personal duel right to the wire in May.
“We just have to wait patiently,” FC Internazionale Milano coach Claudio Ranieri kept on repeating in December during Diego Milito’s long goal drought – and appropriately good things have now come.
The Argentinian’s winner in the 1-0 derby defeat of AC Milan was the third straight game in which he has scored. “Three clues are evidence,” wrote Gazzetta della Sport. “The Prince is back.”
Fernando Torres has asked Chelsea for extra training sessions to work on his finishing in a bid to end his goal drought.
The 27-year-old Spanish striker has clocked up over 13 hours without a goal for club and country and has been struggling for form ever since he moved to west London.